Sociology majors have the opportunity to engage in professional academic research as the culmination of their academic program. In SOC 431 Senior Capstone Seminar, students who are close to completing the sociology major will design and carry out an independent empirical research project. The course itself is designed to guide this process, focusing on how to review the literature and develop a research question, gain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions. Throughout the course, students will share their progress and receive feedback from the instructor and peers; at the end of the course, students will submit a research paper in the form of an academic journal article and will formally present their findings. This course is intended for students in their senior year as it seeks to bring together the knowledge that they have acquired in their 300+ level sociology courses, in sociological theory, and in research methods.